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In my last post, I listed the first five reasons why “not” to attend Speak Up, a conference geared towards speakers and writers in ministry. (If you’re in ministry, this means you… because we’re all speaking and writing in some way, right?)

Take my tongue-in-cheek comments as encouragement to attend Speak Up or another conference or event for additional motivation and support for your ministry.

Check out the last half of my “11 Reasons,” and consider coming along to Speak Up with me next year!

  1. If you only hang with people just like you. IMG_0693I met Beverly and Kristin, two strong women called to start Trinity Outreach, a ministry to abused women in Tampa, Florida. The two of them had amazing stories of grace to share with me—and you’ll know I like stories if you’ve been following this blog about my book. Hanging with people with ministries divergent from your own creates empathy for them. As you come to understand them, you relate with them, which increases your ability to minister to others like them. In turn, it expands your vision of the people you want to reach.
  2. If you are married to a tech guru who loves to help you with all things techie. Even if you are married to a tech guru, that person probably isn’t available all the time to help you with a malfunction. And he or she probably doesn’t think about how the latest and greatest could streamline your social media presence and postings. Speak Up challenged me with their social media specialists, and now I know everything I didn’t know before. (Or at least I know what I didn’t know about before!) You’ll see the changes in the next couple of months.
  3. If you want to reach the same number of people at this time next year. Hopefully it goes without saying that you want your words to be helpful to more people by expanding your audience. Speak Up can teach you how to grow your ministry by reaching more people with your message.
  4. If the chance to be mentored in ministry by experienced speakers like Carol Kent, Bonnie Emmerly, and Robin Dystra has no appeal. At other conferences, I’ve only had the opportunity to hear from speakers on their specific topics. At Speak Up, I’ve rubbed shoulders with the leadership and speakers and heard about their approaches to ministry. For example, Carol Kent doesn’t just talk about servanthood; she models it by supporting other speakers and allowing them to take center stage.
  5. If you’re ignoring the fact that your ministry’s first appeal starts with you. You are the first face of your ministry. If you look uncertain or unkempt, your ministry will have less appeal. The conference offers services such as branding and makeovers to help attenders project the “personality” of their ministry.
  6. If you don’t want to meet me, ‘cause you know where I’ll be next year. This year I took the writers’ track; next year I’m headed for the speakers’ track!

Thought points about attending Speak Up or another conference:

Does Speak Up sound like a helpful tool for you? If not, what kind of conference would be a better fit during this next year of ministry?


Would it be helpful for a friend or associate of yours who works in ministry?


Whom could you encourage to take the next step in ministry?

Encouraging you in your ministry,